Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Invincible

September 27th 2017

“In your new form, you will be invincible,” the emperor said softly. “The enforced frame will deliver pain medication through subdermal conduits; the circulatory mechanics will make you fast, strong, and impossibly focused. The active carbon matter casing will not interfere with channeling and using The Force.” Vader said nothing. “Do you have concerns? Questions […]

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Storage

April 14th 2017

“Are they all here in the warehouse?” Steve asked, marveling at the size of the place. “The haunted mirror? The singing mice? The dancing brooms?” Maeve laughed. “No, they’re not all here. This is just one building; there are several more – much like The Smithsonian.” “The grandmotherly teapot and the bumbling utensils? The flying […]

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Context

January 25th 2017

“I do movie magic; that’s my specialty,” Aaron said. They stared at him, confused. “Some warlocks do divination; some do healing; some do protection. I do … movie magic.” They continued to stare. “It’s considered an environmental magic,” Aaron continued, thinking a different starting point might take them down a clearer path. “I use an […]

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Force

January 3rd 2017

Henry looked at the clock; almost recess. “I am one with The Force; The Force is with me,” he repeated in his thoughts as he put his books away. The bell rang. “I am one with The Force; The Force is with me,” he whispered as he straightened his hoodie and joined the mass of […]

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Science

July 25th 2016

Heather went once with her mom (who liked Melissa McCarthy best), once with her older cousin (who like Kristen Wiig best), and twice by herself to focus on Holtzmann (whoever that actress was). “I’m just going to have to buy the DVD when it comes out,” she whispered, mentally allocating all of her babysitting money […]

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Practice

July 9th 2016

“NERD ALERT!” the neighbor kids called out when they got a load of Malcolm leaving the house in his Jedi cosplay ensemble. “Say ‘hi’ to Darth Vader for us!” someone yelled. Malcolm smiled. “Darth Vader is dead. You must mean Kylo Ren,” he answered back cheerily. “Are you going to save us from the Empire?” […]

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Setting

March 17th 2016

“Mike! Mike!” Pat called from the kitchen first thing in the morning. Hearing an urgent tone, he stumbled into his robe and then into the kitchen. “What’s going on?” he asked, blinking and trying to put his glasses on. “You have to see this,” Pat said, standing in front of the sliding patio door, still […]

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Feature

January 22nd 2016

They sat just up from Lookout Point in a dense snuggle of pines, peering into the cars. “Oh … oh … he’s trying it,” said the werewolf, noticing that one of the couples was moving to Second Base. “And … DENIED!” he snorted, rolling onto his back and laughing. “Yeah, you could see that coming […]

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Selection

December 30th 2015

Rory hurried back to his apartment, not stopping to accept the good-natured teasing of folks he knew waiting in line. “I’ve seen it 11 times,” he said in his head. “Yes, it’s good; yes, even Sarah will like it.” At home, he rushed to the couch and woke his laptop. “Two tonight – two at […]

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Offer

October 5th 2015

“It took a long time for his fame to spread overseas and, of course, it was relatively fleeting,” Dovic said in a measured voice. “The play and then the movie took so much out of him. He was not a young man.” “And you were his dresser the entire time?” Schell asked. “Yes,” Dovic responded, […]

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